Lakeside’s very own Raj Regmi has won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2017 Peterborough Telegraph Business Awards. Raj picked up the hotly contested trinket at a packed out East of England Arena and Events Centre, where the well-attended ceremony took place on Friday.

The annual Peterborough Telegraph event is now in its 22nd year and is held to recognise the best in local business. Mark Edwards, editor of the Peterborough Telegraph, said the 2017 edition of the ceremony had been one of the best yet, telling guests: “The standard and quality of the entries has been especially high this year.”

Raj, who also runs Ferry Meadows Café, says of his triumph: “I’m delighted to pick up the award. This is the culmination of years of hard work by not just me and my family but the wonderful staff at both Lakeside and Ferry Meadows Café too. When I started, I could see the huge potential both venues had and I’m delighted that we are making great progress towards fulfilling this vision.”

Continuing, Raj says he is keen to use the award as impetus for future success: “It’s amazing to have our efforts recognised with an award but we won’t be resting on our laurels. We will be grafting as hard as ever going forwards. We are determined to keep progressing and to continue providing an incredible experience for our wonderful customers.”

Since taking the reins at Ferry Meadows Café in 2013, and Lakeside a year later, Raj has overseen major transformations at both venues. Ferry Meadow Café is now replete with an outdoor covered seating area, while Lakeside has had a complete interior overhaul and seen the introduction of a cosy new log burner. Under the stewardship of Raj, the latter has also become a popular events venue.

Between Ferry Meadows Café and Lakeside, Raj has so far invested more than £200,000 (external link: opens in new tab) of his own money and earlier this year secured a deal (external link: opens in new tab) with Nene Park Trust to continue running both venues for a further 10 years.

Congratulations to Raj and to all the staff at Ferry Meadows Café and Lakeside!

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